Paulo Coelho: Don't Be a Part-Time Dreamer

Season 5 Episode 525
Aired on 09/14/2014 | CC tv-14
The idea of a "personal legend" is a key theme in Paulo Coelho's seminal work, The Alchemist. It has also been a guiding light in Paulo's life. He believes every person has a supreme destiny—a unique calling meant only for you.

There are bound to be obstacles along any journey. Paulo says one such hurdle is someone who encourages you to put your dreams aside for something more practical. "This is not good for the person who is being convinced and for the person who is trying to convince," Paulo says in the video above. Find out why he encourages people to embrace the detours, just so long as they end up where they are supposed to be.

More from this episode

From Paulo Coelho
Paulo reflects on 25 years of The Alchemist

Read an excerpt from his latest novel, Adultery